Lisa Matassa

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Lisa Matassa
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Background information
Also known as Lysa Lynn
Origin Long Island, New York
Genres Country, Rock
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1987-1988
2010-present
Labels CPR Music Group
It Is What It Is Records
Emergency Records
Website www.LisaMatassa.com

Lisa Matassa (born October 12, in Manhasset, New York) is an American country singer and singer-songwriter. In the 1980s she had two pop hits reach the Top 10 on the Dance Music Charts, including 1987's "I've Got the Hots for You" and 1988's "Rock Me Baby,"[1][2] both credited to Lysa Lynn. She released a debut country EP on March 31, 2011 titled Me Time.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Lisa Matassa was born and initially raised on Long Island, New York.[1] She comes from a musical family; her mother[5] used to sing in a doo-wop group, and her grandmother was an opera singer.[6] As a child she often listened to artists such as Loretta Lynn and Elvis Presley.[6] When Matassa was seven years old her family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they remained for eight years.[6] Matassa began studying opera with an alumna of the Metropolitan Opera[2] when she was about nine, continuing until age 14, when she branched into pop and rock.[6] Her family moved back to Franklin Square, New York when she was in tenth grade.[6]

Early career[edit]

In 1987, recently out of high school,[1] Matassa was overheard by a dance producer while she was performing with a local Long Island band named Recovery.[2] She promptly signed a recording contract with the independent label Emergency Records under the stage name Lysa Lynn.[7] The label specialized in producing dance-pop, such as recording artist Shannon's dance anthem "Let the Music Play."[3]

Matassa recorded two hit singles,[8] 1987's "I've Got the Hots for You" and 1988's "Rock Me Baby," both of which gained national and international airplay and reached the Top 10 on the Dance Music Charts.[1][2] She performed numerous shows alongside artists such as Taylor Dayne, Brenda K. Starr, Judy Torres, and TKA among others.[3] Her song “Stay With Me Tonight” was in the 1988 Carrie Fisher movie She’s Back.[9]

Matassa soon gained an inclination to record songs she had written herself, with a more rock edge, but Emergency Records dissolved several months after the release of her last single.[2]

In 1992 Matassa married and settled down to raise a family in Plainview, Long Island.[2] She continued to perform in Long Island and Manhattan clubs,[7] and also did commercial voice-over work. During this time of focusing on her family life, Matassa also was the band leader of a successful club band for 20 years.[2]

Production[edit]

In 2010 Matassa met up with childhood friend and producer Joey Sykes, and headed to Nashville to write and record Me Time, a new EP of country music.[2][7] Much of the EP was originally composed and written Nashville. Some of the tracks were recorded at Jim "moose" Brown's Moose Lodge Recording Studio Nashville, and also Richie Cannata's Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, which is also where musicians such as Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Taylor Dayne, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Celine Dion have recorded.[2][4]

Other participants in the album's creation were two-time Grammy nominated producer Bobby Graziose, producer Joey Sykes (of Third Eye Blind, Meredith Brooks, and Don Henley),[10] and songwriting collaborations with country music writer Don Rollins, songwriter Jody Gray,[3][6] and producer Tony Bruno, who also works with Rihanna.[2] The EP is a stylistic blend of Southern Rock, New Country, and Pop.[2]

Release[edit]

The EP was released on It Is What It Is Records[5] on March 31, 2011.[3][4] Nine North Records from Nasvhille has handled a portion of the promotion.[10] The release concert took place on March 31, with her supporting band consisting of Tony Bruno, Greg Smith, Jules Radino, Joey Sykes, Colin Smith, Mike Dimeo, Bobby Guy Graziose, and Simi Stone.[5]

Matassa has been a Featured Artist on ReverbNation.com, after ReverbNation co-founder Lou Plaia read her story in the Plainview Old Bethpage Herald.[11]

Her music has received airplay on WJVC 96.1 FM, Long Island's local country station.[5] She has been interviewed on Fox News in California and New York, 1010 WINS, and a number of other radio stations.[3][4] Matassa performed the national anthem and was the opening act for Freedomfest 2011 on July 2, 2011, the first country music festival to be held at Ducks Stadium on Long Island.[12] "Me Time," the title track from her EP, has been formally added into rotations on more than a dozen radio station play lists. In Spring of 2011 Matassa embarked on a north east radio promotion tour and will follow it up with a national radio promotion tour through summer of 2011.[7]

Style[edit]

Matassa has dubbed her style of music "Long Island Country,"[13] which she describes as a combination of New York rock and roll mixed with new country. On March 31, 2011, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano awarded Matassa a citation as Long Island’s first country music recording artist, and the pioneer of the genre Long Island Country genre.[14] Beyond traditional country influences she has stated she is influenced by musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Elvis, The Beatles, Heart, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Matassa continues to live in Plainview, Long Island with her husband, teenage daughter and teenage son.[6] In addition to volunteering at her local church, she volunteers and supports the Last Hope Animal Shelter, the Breath Believe Foundation for cystic fibrosis, and the Sidewalk Angels Foundation, a non-profit that helps fund research for autism.[7][15]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "I've Got the Hots for You" (1987)
  • "Rock Me Baby" (1988)
  • "Me Time" (2011)
  • "The Christmas Song" (2011)
  • "Wouldn't You Like to Know" (2012)
  • "Somebody's Baby" (2012)
  • "I Won't Ask" (2013)

Studio albums[edit]

  • Me Time EP (2011)
  • Sunrise Highway LP (2012)
  • Somebody's Baby EP (2012)

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2011 "I Don't Feel Anything"[16] LMA Productions
"The Christmas Song"[17] Traci Goudie
2012 "Me Time"[18]
"Wouldn't You Like to Know"[19]
"I Will Always Love You"[20]
"Somebody's Baby"[21]
2013 "I Won't Ask"[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Biography". LisaMatassa.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Suburban Mom Introduces "Long Island Country Rock"". American Homes. January 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Country Recording Artist Lisa Matassa to Play Live at the Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore, New York". NewsBlaze. May 10, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-28.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ a b c d ""Long Island Country" Artist Lisa Matassa to Perform Live on WKMK Thunder 106.3 FM’s Live Drive-Time Broadcast". Ramberg Media. February 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  5. ^ a b c d Gellender, Karen (April 8, 2011). "Plainview Singer Lisa Matassa Performs at Me Time Release Party". Anton News. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g DuRussel, Mick (March 24, 2011). "Interview: Long Island's Own Country Star Lisa Matassa!". SpotOnLI. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  7. ^ a b c d e McNamara, Brittney (June 2011). "Lisa Matassa: Long Island's country star". Blast Magazine. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  8. ^ Gellender, Karen (January 7, 2011). "Plainview Mom Launches 'Long Island Country Rock' Sound With New Album". Plainview Herald. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  9. ^ "She's Back Soundtrack". IMDB. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  10. ^ a b "Lisa Matassa - Me Time". MusicRow. May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  11. ^ "Long Island Country Artist Lisa Matassa Chosen as ReverbNation.com Featured Artist". NewsBlaze. January 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  12. ^ "Lisa Matassa to Open Freedom Fest". PR.com. June 28, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  13. ^ Journey, J.R. (May 10, 2011). "Weekly Country Songs Roundup: May 10, 2011". American Noise. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  14. ^ "Release Party". LisaMatassa.com. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  15. ^ "Country Singing Star Lisa Matassa Teams Up with Autism Foundation". Swanky Celebs. May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  16. ^ "I Don't Feel Anything". YouTube. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  17. ^ "CMT : Videos : Lisa Matassa : The Christmas Song". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  18. ^ "CMT : Videos : Lisa Matassa : Me Time". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  19. ^ "CMT : Videos : Lisa Matassa : Wouldn't You Like to Know". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  20. ^ "CMT : Videos : Lisa Matassa : I Will Always Love You". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Somebody's Baby". YouTube. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  22. ^ "CMT : Videos : Lisa Matassa : I Won't Ask". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 

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